Bournemouth lifeguards in multi-agency rescue of missing child

On 23 August, RNLI lifeguards on Bournemouth beach were requested to help find a missing 12-year-old boy, who was last seen in the sea at around 6pm.

After it was reported the child was last seen in the water, the RNLI lifeguards informed the UK Coastguard and requested assistance. RNLI lifeguards searched the beach and were also joined by Southbourne Coastguard, Dorset Police, Poole RNLI lifeboat and a Coastguard helicopter.

After around an hour and a half of searching, the boy was found safe and well by RNLI Lifeguards on Durley Chine beach, approximately 1km away.

The RNLI recently released their new children’s advert aimed at informing kids and adults on how to ‘Float to Live’:

Kester Sheppard, lead Lifeguard supervisor, says: “I am very proud of the quick reactions, perseverance and teamwork that our lifeguards put in today to help find the missing child. Our lifeguards stayed past their shift times to ensure there was a good outcome and thankfully we were able to find the child safe and well and reunite him with his family.”

“We love to see so many people enjoy our beaches here in Bournemouth and would always encourage anyone to visit a lifeguarded beach so that in the event that you need help, we can be there to do just that.”

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